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The Concorde Story: Includes an Account of Concorde's Final Flight, 6th Edition: 21 Years in Service Hardcover – 1 May 2004


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing Ltd; 6th edition (1 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855326671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855326675
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 2.3 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Concorde is one of the wonders of the modern technical world - the first commercially successful airliner capable of speeds in excess of Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound). This book, now in its fifth Edition, describes the history of supersonic flight, the development and operation of Concorde. It includes the story of the tragedy at Paris, the accident investigation and Concorde's restoration. There is also a look into the future of high-speed flight.

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Christopher Orlebar joined British Airways, then BOAC, in 1969, he became a Concorde pilot and instructor in 1976 flying the aircraft for 10 years. He retired from BA in 2000. A Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, he is a frequent contributor to TV aviation documentaries, a lecturer and writer.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Scott Murray-Harris on 24 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
For anyone interested in the history, construction, and flying of Concorde, Christopher Orlebar's experience as a Concorde pilot provides the reader with a unique perspective that satisfies the reader's technical curiosity while presenting a entertaining and detailed description of what it actually takes to fly this incredible aircraft. Having previously read rather dull "textbook style" books on Concorde in the past, this book vastly exceeded my expectations. The author's attention to detail almost gave me the impression I was actually in the cockpit observing the flight crew's procedures. The judicious use of graphs, charts and photographs further enhance the reading without overwhelming the reader. Capt. Orlebar also discusses sonic booms, the politics behind the plane's development, and the future of supersonic flight, thus enhancing the appreciation of what make this plane unique. This book is well written in language understandable to pilots and nonpilots alike. If you want to learn more about Concorde, then this is the book to get!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
An excellent account of this great aircraft from conception to retirement. The author's experience as a Concorde pilot shows in the writing as great insights and comments that only a pilot would know. There is good techinical depth on how the fuel system is used to trim the aircraft, the wings, engines and a step by step description of transatlantic flight explaining the extra work required for flying the Concorde. The politics in the early days regarding the development and its acceptence at airports around the world (especially the USA) are also well explained and make you wonder how the whole project ever got finished!
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Written by a Concorde pilot who was able to provide so much information and data with photos not previously seen and brought up to date with reference to the tragic events in Paris and the emergence of the Airbus A380. You can tell it is the work of somebody at one with his subject and he does justice to an icon of the aircraft industry, it will be a long time before we see its like again.
I have nothing negative to say about this book and would recommend it to anyone who has the slightest interest in Concorde.
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By P. Bradshaw VINE VOICE on 1 Jun. 2014
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Good history of the Anglo-French Supersonic Transport project - lots of detail about the construction, trials, operation and then the tragedy of the French Concorde crash in Paris. My disappointment with the book is the quality (or lack there-of) of the photographs - i would have preferred them to be crisper.
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By S. Bull on 15 Jan. 2015
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Great product fast delivery
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